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Fight over the Iron Throne and swipe left or right in Reigns: Game of Thrones out now
19 October 2018 at 7:56 am UTC

cRaZy-bisCuiT
Asugame of thrones on linux... please give me moment... I wan to cry a little...
Just because it uses that name doesn't mean it's any good.
Well, as the previous Reigns games were pretty good, one that adds more storytelling elements from a context people like will probably be too.

Now, if you didn't like Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty, it's unlikely you'll find this one better.

Fight over the Iron Throne and swipe left or right in Reigns: Game of Thrones out now
18 October 2018 at 4:57 pm UTC

JudasIscariot
liamdawe
abelthorneIt still appears as a preorder on Steam and Humble, is it really out yet?
Strange. It's available on GOG right now. They might not be for another hour or two.

We were told that we could release it as soon as we were ready so that's what we did lol
Yeah, they confirmed to me on Twitter that they were in the process of switching from "preorder" on "to sale" on the various shops. It seems ok now.

I was surprised at first because I saw people on Twitter saying it was out in early afternoon, so wondered if there was an issue.

Fight over the Iron Throne and swipe left or right in Reigns: Game of Thrones out now
18 October 2018 at 2:09 pm UTC

It still appears as a preorder on Steam and Humble, is it really out yet?

Sword-fighter 'Blade Symphony' is now officially on Linux, free to try for a few days with a big sale (updated!)
28 September 2018 at 12:08 pm UTC

liamdaweFrom what they told me before: The gamepad support just isn't ready.
Oh, ok. It's a bit confusing that they have the option in the menus.

Sword-fighter 'Blade Symphony' is now officially on Linux, free to try for a few days with a big sale (updated!)
28 September 2018 at 11:31 am UTC

While you're in touch with the developers: any idea about gamepad support not working (when I enable it, it switches to disabled when leaving the menu)?

Someone reported it on the Steam forums for a Wii controller and an arcade stick; I'm having the same issue with a XBox 360 controller.

Dead Cells has a new animated trailer, better mod support and Twitch integration
6 August 2018 at 4:25 pm UTC Likes: 1

CyrilYeah, It might be quite funny! I hope some Streamers will try it...
I've seen one using it, it is indeed quite fun but you better have a good chat and not too much delay between the streamer and the viewers (or you'll be dead already when they decide that you have to use a potion). ;)

Card-based strategy game Faeria gets massive “2.0” update, moves away from a F2P model
22 July 2018 at 10:27 pm UTC

QuoteThere’s plenty of new cards in the update as well [...]
It's worth mentioning that these new cards aren't part of the base game but are from a DLC that you have to buy in addition to the game. New cards will be released as DLCs from now on.

Also, buying the game and/or DLCs doesn't give you the cards immediately, there's still a bit of grinding to do, though it's faster than before to complete your collection.

Looks like 'Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive' may be coming to Linux
4 July 2018 at 3:24 pm UTC

That's... unexpected. It would be cool, though, as the Windows version through Wine has a few game breaking issues.

The Atari VCS team aren't doing themselves any favours by accusing The Register of being professional trolls
24 June 2018 at 4:13 pm UTC

Narvarth
abelthorneAll the marketing is (and will be) focusing on the nostalgia factor.
That's not really surprising that they try to push harder their own licences, but i disagree on this point. They mentionned that modern (linux) titles will run on the VCS. It's even written in the first paragraph of the pitch, mentionned in their recap ("at a glance",1st icon).
They clearly wrote in huge letters that it's "so much more" than nostalgia. Sounds pretty clear, tmo.
The thing is that the biggest part of their Indiegogo page when it comes to games is a showcase of Atari 2600 games (or remakes). The fact that it can also run other games is kind of incidental. In their FAQ, to "Will my Steam games run on it?", they basically answer "Sure, why not, as long as they can run on the hardware". To me, it's pretty much the same argument as Valve saying that SteamOS is open and you can install non-Steam games on it: while it's technically true, you need to fiddle in desktop mode and there's nothing to help integration with Steam (and, of course, you don't get Steam features for them, like achievements, multiplayer through Steamworks...). I'm pretty sure this will be the same with the Atari VCS: if you can make your Linux games work, nothing will stop you to do it but don't expect to have a proper integration.

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abelthorneA real CPU/GPU? It's an AMD APU with an integrated GPU.
I know that But it's easy to check what kind of games can run (for ex here ).
I would take this kind of videos with a pinch of salt: sure, some "big" games can run on this kind of hardware when you lower the settings but the tests are made on Windows, with games optimized (and probably some tweaks in the AMD drivers). Don't expect to get the same results with the Linux ports, which usually have far worse perfs.

QuoteIt's more powerful than a docked switch. Is the switch a bad console?
The Switch is a very good console with games that are made especially for its hardware and limitations. Atari is trying to do kind of the same thing by asking developers to make games for their console but they're not Nintendo, it's very doubtful that they can attract big publishers/developers.

If they're smart, they'll try to develop an indie marketplace (like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo do) to get the well known games on their system but there's no sign they want to do this. Anyway, it's too soon to say, maybe that's something they'll focus on later. Let's just hope that their reputation doesn't get in the way.

The Atari VCS team aren't doing themselves any favours by accusing The Register of being professional trolls
23 June 2018 at 11:42 am UTC Likes: 2

NarvarthExactly this. OK, their communication skills are really poor, but it's a shame to see some people call this project a "scam" (just for click bait) or the "new Ouya".

Ouya was based on Android, had no real games, no real softwares, and a poor Cpu/GPU.

We're not comparing with the OUYA on the technical side, of course, but on the fact that the whole project relies on hype and because of this will likely be a flop. All the marketing is (and will be) focusing on the nostalgia factor. "Hey, remember the Atari 2600 you had as a kid? we're launching a new console that looks exactly the same, isn't that cool?"

QuoteThe Atari VCS has a real Linux, with thousands games already available, an open ecosystem, and a real CPU/GPU (at least for a 199$ machine). So, no, the comparison with the Ouya is really unfair.

A real CPU/GPU? It's an AMD APU with an integrated GPU. Don't expect to play mid/high-end games with it. But I'm sure it'll be perfect for emulating Atari 2600 games (/sarcasm off).

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